10 Things I Regret Doing While Learning Photography

I started taking photographs back in 2006 when I was taking photography classes at a junior college. In my first photography class, we shot only film and printed our pictures on B&W enlargement paper. There was a sort of romance to it. You took a photograph and just walked away. No looking at a screen over and over again but instead you just had to have some confidence in what you were doing. Then I started shooting digital and I guess this is where the 10 things I regret list starts.

10. Reading too many books on Photoshop.

I have them on my shelf..books about Adobe Photoshop CS2 books about Photoshop artistry and don't get me wrong a lot of the information was useful...but did I really need to composite stuff so much? I mean I've wasted more time Frankensteining random photographs then I'd care to admit. Now Adobe has Lightroom and God bless them for that.

9. Spending to much time editing.

Think of how many more photographs I could have taken but nope..too busy on the computer changing random stuff that doesn't really need to be changed.

8. Buying expensive stuff.

I really couldn't afford the stuff. The shiny new expensive camera..but you know I bought it and maybe another one after that and I'm just saying you don't need the stuff. For a while, I took pictures with an oatmeal container (pinhole camera) and was quite happy with life.

7. Not taking more Photos.

You can always take more. But then again sometimes more is less. I'm sort of still conflicted about the subject. I see some people not take many pictures because the method they use is slow and complex (Large format film photography) but the images are wow. Even though, taking more photographs help you learn a lot faster.

6. Always trying to please people.

When I took portraits of people I'd always try to take something nice and flattering which is great if you're just trying to become a commercial portraiture photographer but fine art portraiture and photojournalism doesn't necessarily call for that. Then after a while I just stopped taking pictures of people so much. I just wasn't getting the pictures I wanted.

5. Not learning more about how to create a story with my images.

I'd walk around and just take pictures of random stuff. What I was more interested in was the technical aspects of my images and then at the end of the day I'd have just a hodgepodge of different things. Learning to create a photo essay and portray a story with your images may be an advanced lesson in photography but then again maybe it's not.

4. Trying to be great at everything.

You can't be great at everything. It's not even worth it to be great at everything. It's worth it to at first learn the basic technical aspects of photography then choose the things you're most interested in. It will save you a lot of time and a lot of money. There are people who do a lot of macro photography, some who are great at food photography and the list continues. Each of these subjects requires specific lenses, filters, and other accessories to really get great results.

3. Not taking more pictures of my family.

Weird right? Usually, I hear people complaining about having to take too many pictures of family, but family is important and not having enough pictures of them is always something to regret. Who knows, you might even make an art of it.

2. Not Traveling more.

I really should have gotten out of my own backyard more often. When I first started learning to take pictures I did travel some but of course, life changes and I started not to travel so much.

1. Not loving more.

Love. A person can always love more. You should love the things you take photos of. You should have a natural inclination to want to know more about it. Life is made up of caring about people and things. When you're done with the day you should have a bunch of photographs on the walls of things you love and have interests in. Photography sort of emulates life in that sort of way.

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